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Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Easy, Giveaway, Snacks | 65 comments

Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes + A Minted Giveaway

Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes + A Minted Giveaway

This is such a super simple recipe you’re going to love it plus there’s a giveaway so what’s not to love, right?  But we will get to that in a minute.  Are you part of the group of people who love mint and chocolate together?   It seems to be one of those combinations that divides people.  You either love it or hate it.  Clearly I’m in the love it category so this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes is so good and so, so easy it’s going in my go-to category for quick desserts in a pinch.  It doesn’t mean they have to be made only in a pinch but it’s always good to have a few things in your arsenal that you know will turn out perfectly every time and only take about 30 minutes.  Everyone will be impressed that you were able to whip up such a delicious yet speedy dessert.  They’ll be perfect for those holiday parties we’re gearing up for!

chocolate chip cheesecakes

I know it’s early to start thinking about really getting into the holidays.  I mean it’s barely Halloween yet but they’ll be here before we know it.  It happens every year!   I blink and Christmas is only a few days away.  This year I’m starting early!  On all of it…gifts, cards, decorating, etc.  So when the good people at Minted contacted me to talk about their newly launched holiday photo cards, it fit right into my plan and they want to give you a chance to start early, too!  We are giving away $50 to purchase anything you want from Minted (although the holiday photo cards are spectacular!).

I love Minted.  Last year I went to Altitude Design Summit (or Alt Summit or mostly we just say Alt) and Minted was a sponsor so I was introduced and fell in love with their products.  There’s loads of fun stuff to choose from.  One of the things I wanted to be sure of was that this giveaway stayed in the same vein as this blog…food.  I wanted it to be about food in some way so I started poking around on their site.  Besides the cool holiday cards they have party invites, menu cards (really cool if you do a formal dinner), gift tags, personalized stationary, all kinds of party decor.  Basically if it’s paper, they have it.  Even business cards if you’re looking for a new design.  But that’s not all!  Let’s get to the food items.  Not food specifically but they have fun food prints you can hang on your wall and in their general store they have those cute paper straws in fun colors that all of us food bloggers love!  There’s a gorgeous jade cake stand that I WILL own soon.  Their apothecary jars are precious.  You’re going to LOVE shopping!

So how do I win, you may be asking?.  It’s going to be super duper simple!  Just pop over to their website and look around then comment at the bottom of this post what you will choose if you win.  Extra points if you tweet or share the giveaway on Facebook and you can do that each day (but that part is optional).  The first thing on my list is that cake stand.  I cannot live without it!

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cheesecakes

Here’s your easy peasy recipe, too!  These little guys are crustless.  I made them both ways and really like them without a crust but if you think you need one then make a simple cookie crumb crust and press about a teaspoon in the bottom of each paper liner prior to baking.  You could probably half this crust recipe and use it really easily.  Plus it’s chocolate!  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes

10 minutes

20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 eight ounce bars cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24 peppermint candies, crushed (or more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat until combined well.
  3. Add eggs one at a time mixing between each addition just until the yellow disappears.
  4. Add peppermint flavoring and mix on low just until incorporated.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon batter into lightly greased muffin cups filling 3/4 of the way.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of one cheesecake comes out clean.
  8. Meanwhile place unwrapped candies in a zip top baggie and crush with a heavy glass or rolling pin. Set aside.
  9. Remove cakes from oven and cool slightly on a wire rack. Top with crushed peppermint candies to taste.
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65 Comments

  1. I’m not sure I love the idea of mint with my cheesecake, but these look wonderful! I’d definitely try it and I’m sure I’d like it.
    ~FringeGirl
    Tricia @ The Domestic Fringe recently posted..Build Your WardrobeMy Profile

    • They really are good. It’s a very light mint flavor and you can use as much or as little peppermint on top as you want. OR it would be super simple to use vanilla instead of the mint flavoring and not top them with the candies if you prefer. You didn’t comment on what you’d buy if you won the giveaway though? Don’t miss out!!

  2. I would get some Christmas cards!

    • They are super cute, right?

      • They are WAY cute! I would have a hard time choosing which ones I loved best:)

  3. Every stinkin year I’m the last person to get out Christmas cards, I have sworn that THIS year I will be on top of things. Love Minted! I’d get Christmas cards for sure.

    • I know! I’m terrible, too. Good luck my friend! :) Thanks for entering.

  4. I like the Lush Christmas card design

  5. I would get the Beaded Swag Personalized Stationery. It’s so lovely!

    • That’s an awesome choice!!! :)

    • That’s so cool! I have known about the company for a while now but didn’t realize how much stuff they had that I clearly need! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. I’m a huge fan of cheesecake and have never thought to make a mint chocolate one. This combines two of my favorite desserts. Looks delicious, dear!

    • Thank you! The peppermint isn’t super heavy and the crushed candies on top are really neat to have a little crunch that’s unusual. Thanks for stopping by!!

  7. This is our first year married, so I need some cute Christmas cards!

    • Congratulations!! That’s awesome! And the Photo Christmas cards are super cute. That would be perfect.

    • Ah but who does that??? :D Thanks for entering.

    • That seems to be the majority of what people are choosing. Well good luck. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Ooh what a fun giveaway to an awesome site! I think I’d invest in some Christmas cards or personalized stationary!

    PS – those baby cheesecakes look incredible!

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

    • Thanks so much lady! Minted is pretty awesome, right?

    • It’s almost too hard to choose! Those are super cool though. Thanks for entering.

    • I know!!! I think I need both of them. They’re definitely not the ones you see normally and I love different. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • I want every color of paper straws! I know us food bloggers tend to overuse them but that’s just because they’re just so stinkin’ cute!

  9. They have a picture in the Art Print category, it’s called The Lake … I would definitely want that :)

    • Oh that’s gorgeous! Wonderful choice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Steph! I was in a bit of a pinch and had to photograph when the weather outside was a mess so my lighting wasn’t the best but the mini cakes were so good!! Thanks for sharing. It helps a lot. :)

  10. I will have to try this idea. It will keep me from eating a whole cheesecake!
    This sounds yummy and I think I would use oreo cookies for the crumb crust. I’m not sure what I would choose yet, I need to shop some more but I do love the Christmas cards.

    • It didn’t really keep me from eating too many. I have a weakness for cheesecake. I think if you looked at Minted you’ve find lots of other stuff too. They really have some neat stuff.

  11. oh wow these look divine! I love Minted and printed our Christmas cards with them last year. I would definitely put the credit towards Christmas cards for this year!
    katie recently posted..Apple Butter Pork ChopsMy Profile

    • I love those straws! I have to make myself not use them on a daily basis. :) Thanks for stopping by to enter.

  12. They have so many cool items! I would choose the Watercolor Strokes invite cards.

    • They really, really do, right? It would be hard to choose!!

  13. This recipe sounds wonderful! I adore cheesecake and a handheld mint chocolate chip version sounds wonderful. And what a fantastic giveaway! I’d never heard of Minted before and now I’m so happy I have. If I won the giveaway, I think I would check out some of their children’s party decor. Even if I don’t win, I think I’ll be purchasing some :) I have a double party coming up in 2 weeks and their decorations are adorable.
    Kate | Food Babbles recently posted..The Weekend Whisk – 10/19/13My Profile

    • Oh I’m so glad I could play a small part. I love so many things and I’m so excited for you!! The party will be wonderful.

  14. My favorite item is the christmas twinkle holiday card!

    • Everyone is loving the cards the best! Good luck to you! Thanks for entering.

      • i bet, they are gorgeous!! Thanks :)

  15. I would get holiday photo cards. Everything is so cute. Thanks for the chance!

    • Those seem to be the consensus. A few people have ordered them before and loved them so good choice!! Thanks for entering.

  16. I’d love to get some personalized stationary!

    • They have some great options in stationary!

  17. I’d get one of their abstract art prints.

    • I saw some of those I loved, too!!

  18. I think Christmas cards, but I also need some new stationary, so I’m not sure which I’d end up with!

    • Well those are both great choices!!

  19. the Noel quilted christmas card is cute! I have a lot of kids…so i need lots of picture opportunities! thanks for the giveaway and delish recipe!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

    • You’re more than welcome! Good luck Kelly!

  20. Such a great post! and thanks for the chance

  21. Christmas cards for sure! During the holidays I like to send out cards, something you can actually touch, it seems like sending out a letter is something our kids might never do since we live in a facebook, instant message, email world now. Taking the time to write a note and mail it makes it special.

    • I love it! I send out hand written thank you cards whenever it’s appropriate for that reason. Snail mail and all.

  22. I would probably pick the ornament cards! So cute!!

    • There are almost too many things to choose from!!! Thanks for entering.

  23. Sounds tasty, what a clever recipe.

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